Volunteers are needed and appreciated at
The Centre Street Food Pantry!
We are operating our entire pantry outdoors so that every week over one hundred families are able to receive good, fresh food.
We are committed to providing groceries to those living in this new and stressful time of need.
Joining us is easy!
It only takes a few minutes to register:
After you submit your registration, you will receive confirmation and a link to self schedule or someone will contact you to place you in our schedule.
After you login, you will be able to find jobs and openings where we need you in our schedule.
WhO CAN Volunteer
We welcome volunteers who are between 16 and 69 years old.
Young adults between the ages of 11 and 15 years old may volunteer with an accompanying adult (parent or other relative, guardian or group leader).
Due to our new model of an outdoor distribution to clients, many of our volunteer jobs require work outdoors regardless of the weather, or, in an indoor area with the windows open. Most of our volunteers need to regularly lift boxes and/or bags of food which weigh between 15 and 30 pounds.
WhAT CAN I SIGN UP TO DO?
We have a variety of jobs available on our pantry distribution days, every Tuesday and the first Saturday of the month. These include:
Outdoor set up
Packing grocery bags with dry goods, produce and/or personal care items
Bringing bags to clients curbside and replenishing our inventory outdoors
We always need hearty and good-hearted volunteers to help us unload our delivery from the Greater Boston Food Bank. These arrive 1-2x a week and are essential to our operation!
We're also recruiting volunteers who are available 'as needed' to work alone or with their family members packing grocery bags prior to our distribution days.
Last, but not least, we sometimes have special projects for volunteers to do from home.
All you have to do is fill out the registration and check the type of jobs you are interested in!
Do you have a question about volunteering?
OUR COMMITMENT TO COVID SAFETY
Due to CDC and State of Massachusetts safety recommendations to safeguard everyone from the spread of COVID-19, we want to emphasize that volunteering at CSFP is a personal choice. We do not want you to volunteer if you are in a high risk category, feel ill in any way or feel at risk for any reason. We ask that you wear your own cloth mask or we can offer you a disposable one. We also have disposable gloves and hand sanitizer available.
Our teams are small to help keep people safe. Our job teams indoors are for 1 or 2 people working in a large area 6' or more apart. Outdoors, we have teams of 3-5 people present during client distribution.
We appreciate the energy, fitness of enthusiasm of those 70 years and older but are following CDC guidelines which state that people over the age of 70 are at greater risk to become seriously ill from COVID-19. If you are over the age of 70 and register to volunteer, we may not assign you to a job in our pantry at this time.
Guidelines for VolunteerS
We ask that all CSFP volunteers demonstrate our core values of mutual respect and kindness. It helps if you can add a little patience and good humor, too!
We are working on a virtual training course for volunteers which will allow you meet some of us and learn more about how our pantry operates.
In the meantime, be assured that there will always be a staff and/or board member present during your volunteer shift to answer your questions and give you guidance.